Whether you earn a huge salary or a more modest sum, savings on energy bills and other utilities is certainly welcome. Instead of just groaning every time you have to pay a huge energy bill, you could take active steps to make your home more energy efficient. This will reduce your energy bills without harming your lifestyle or comfort level.
Studies have shown that by taking only some of the steps outlined below you can easily reduce your energy bill substantially. Over time, these steps pay for themselves in lower energy consumption. Reduce energy consumption at your home and save money even as you do your bit for the environment.
1.Plugging Energy Leaks
Reduce energy consumption at your home and save money even as you do your bit for the environment.
Every home has its own set of energy leaks. However, since heating and cooling costs account for around 50 percent of your energy bills, trimming energy consumption in these areas can lead to super savings. By taking the time to make the following changes in your home, you will be able to enjoy substantially lower energy bills.
1. Air seal: Ensure that treated air does not leave the house or untreated air comes in through cracks, gaps, and so on. This will reduce your heating and cooling costs considerably. Check exterior doors and windows to ensure that they close properly. Check around ducts and vents and seal the spaces around them as well. By properly air sealing your home, you will be eliminating draughts and unevenly heated or cooled rooms as well.
2. Solar film: Put solar film or solar sheets outside west facing windows to reduce heat inflow. This is a great way to keep your home cool without over working your air conditioning system.
3. Appliances and electronics consume 20 percent of the energy in your home. Choose appliances that are energy efficient to cut your energy bill with ease. Also, turning off appliances and electronics when not in use will reduce the consumption of phantom power. Make it a point to switch off the power to your TV, computer, washer, and oven at least at night. When purchasing new appliances choose Energy Star-rated appliances to cut down energy consumption.
4. Change the air conditioner filter regularly. This will ensure that the air conditioner functions at its optimum level and cools your home using less energy.
5. Use attic fans to cool your whole house inexpensively. Install attic fans and run them during the hottest part of the day to bring down inside temperatures at a low cost.
6. Invest in a programmable thermostat to control temperature during different times of the day and night.
7. Take advantage of natural light. Keep shades and blinds open to light up a room for free.
8. Use heavy lined curtains in winter to keep the warmth inside from escaping through the windows.
9. Insulate hot water tanks and pipes. This will reduce your energy bills substantially.
10. If you live in a region that gets very hot in summer, plant shade trees and shrubs around your home. This will keep your home cool naturally. Plant trees at least in the west side. If you want more sunlight in winter plant deciduous trees that shed their leaves in winter and let in the sun.
11. Use compact fluorescent lights instead of incandescent lights especially those that are used for several hours a day. These lights are cooler as well, reducing your cooling bill also.
12. Switch off lights in unused rooms. By making a habit of switching off lights as you leave a room, you will be reducing energy use.
13. Ask for an energy audit by a firm that can be trusted and is motivated. Why work with someone or some business that seems apathetic or aloof? Perhaps they have enough business. Moreover, these professionals will be able to check your home for energy leaks and suggest appropriate methods of fixing them.
2.Proactive Steps Help
When faced with large energy bills, the best thing to do is to work proactively to improve the energy efficiency of your home. By investing in improvements that reduce energy consumption without affecting your quality of life you will be able to save enough to cover the cost of the improvements. This is why they say that some investments “pay for themselves”.